Origami Tessellation: Flowing Triangles and Rhombuses


Update: It dawned on me while browsing my Instagram that this tessellation is exactly the same as the Dancing Ribbons Tessellation by gatheringdolds that I reversed a few posts back. 

This happens to me occasionally. I totally forget having done something and do it again thinking it's new. It usually happens with something old of my own that I'd done years ago. But this time it happened with someone else's idea from very recently. Go figure. 

The good part is, it looks incredible with the blue paper. Also, a thinner paper resulted in a much cleaner fold. 

End of update.

This is an idea that came to me pretty suddenly. It reminds of and is similar to other designs I've see and folded, but I don't recall having seen this exact configuration. 

There are so many origami tessellations out there. There also seem to be nearly infinite possible ways to come up with new ones. That's half the fun. 

At any rate, this is the one I most recently conceived and folded. It may be new. It probably isn't. Either way, it's new to me. 

It's a pretty straightforward collection of shapes. 

There's the classic central small hex twist. Off of that, with a one pleat gap are small triangle twists. 


Directly adjacent to those triangle twists are rhombus twists. 

Then on the other end of those rhombuses another series of triangle twists. 

That second set of triangle twists are used to repeat the pattern around the original hex twist. 

Larger triangle twists occur in the gaps. 

While the back lit photos are very cool looking, it's the standard photos  that I've included below that truly give an accurate picture of the design's architecture. 

I love simpler designs like this for this very reason. They often yield the most stunning photos. 





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